Industry insiders are talking about the latest iteration of the "smart phone", the "smart ass" phone that hits the markets this week.
Developed in one of the most smart alecky cities on the planet, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the new phone was developed expressly to make teenager's lives easier.
When prompted by a command from someone with a voice over 30 years old, the phone's screen displays an eye-roll. Prompts such as, "Don't you think it's time to clean up your room?", or "Those dishes aren't going to wash themselves!", cause the new phone to not only go through the eye-roll, but it can also be programmed to make a deep sighing sound.
For teens sneaking out their window for a little time with their friends, the phone can be left on the bedroom desk to make periodic "studying sounds", such as pencil scratches and eraser rubbings. "From behind a closed door it sounds surprisingly realistic", quipped Joao Pococaliente, head of Teen-Parent Digital Interaction Co. of Rio. " My own kids set it up to make "cover calls" to their friends' parents asking to have a group study night. Suuurre that's going to happen!"
Many teens have already pre-release purchased the phones using their parents credit cards under the product title, "Ultra Graphing Engineering Calculator".